Murphy: 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination


FREDRICK MURPHY is executive director of Atlanta, Ga.-based Lifelong Health Inc., a nonprofit serving inner-city communities around public health and social justice issues. He served for more than 28 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), active and inactive, and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. A Pittsburgh native, he attended Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., where he completed his undergraduate studies. Murphy is focused on the development and evaluation of complex community-based public health programs related to health disparities among low-income populations.

Murphy has served in administrative positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in faculty appointments at both Morehouse and Georgia State University, and in consulting positions with the CDC; City of Oakland, Calif.; National Education Association; Kaiser Family Foundation; and W. K. Kellogg Foundation. He has received numerous honors, including a Superior Performance Award from the USPHS/CDC and Outstanding Service awards from HRSA and the City of Oakland. He has led several communityoriented initiatives that have involved philanthropy, mayoral, and community-based organizations. He has developed curricula for graduate public health programs and agencies and has published more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals. The textbook Community Engagement, Organization, and Development for Public Health Practice (2012), for which he served as editor, is his most recent work.

Murphy earned his MSHyg in 1977 from Pitt Public Health.


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